Obituaries for Sept. 10


Enid Ruth Keown

July 10, 1921-Sept. 5, 2011

Gresham resident Enid Ruth Keown died Monday, Sept. 5. She was 90.

A private family service will be held in Provo, Utah, at a later date.

Ruth was born July 10, 1921, in Provo to Frank and Enid (Roylance) Dunn. She graduated from Provo High School.

Ruth married Harold C. Bell in 1945. Two years after Harold's death in 1959, she married Leo K. Knight, who died in 1981. In 1985, she married Berthol B. Keown, who died in 1991.

After working as a secretary during World War II, Ruth became a homemaker, raising her children and stepchildren. During the late 1960s and 1970s, she and her husband, Leo, operated a dry cleaning establishment. She was a member of Murray Baptist Church in Murray, Utah, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

Ruth moved to Gresham in 1991 to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a stepson, Jimmie D. Bell, and by three grandchildren.

Survivors include her son, Martin Bell of Sun City West, Ariz.; daughter, Nina Rapp of Gresham; stepchildren, Jay Bell of Alpine, Utah, Jon Bell of Salt Lake City, Utah, Joyce Mitchell of American Fork, Utah, and Patricia Larson and Janice McKercher, both of Southern California; and 82 grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Tad Lee Neilson

Oct. 12, 1927-Sept. 8, 2011

Troutdale resident Tad Lee Neilson died Thursday, Sept. 8. He was 83.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A committal service with military honors will follow at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Willamette National Cemetery, 11800 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland.

Tad was born Oct. 12, 1927, in Farmington, N.M., to Ruben and Harriet (Hancock) Neilson. He grew up in Pendleton and attended Pendleton High School. He later attended Eastern Oregon Community College.

In 1945, Tad enlisted in the Marine Corps. He was discharged but reenlisted in 1950 and served in the Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for his service. He joined the local chapter of the Chosin Few in 1996.

In 1948, Tad married Phyllis Sherwood in La Grande. They moved to Gresham in 1968 and were later divorced. On Sept. 23, 1978, he married Evelyn Brown in Reno, Nev. He moved to Troutdale in 1999.

Tad worked as a police officer in Pendleton. After his move to Gresham, he worked as a machinist for Owens Brockway in Portland. He retired in July 1990.

Tad enjoyed hunting, traveling, the outdoors and trips to the beach.

His brothers, Otis and Neal, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; children, Candace Mann of Gresham, Rick Blanton of California, Fred Neilson of La Grande, Debi Anderson of Portland, Bill Neilson of La Grande and Karon Brunton of Troutdale; brothers, Larry Neilson of Eugene and Keith Neilson of Arizona; 18 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren, with two great-grandchildren on the way.

Contributions can be made to the Chosin Few.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Edward Lee Cook III

March 24, 1947-Sept. 4, 2011

Troutdale resident Edward Lee Cook III died Sunday, Sept. 4, in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was 64.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Open Door Baptist Church, 27710 S.E. Strebin Road, Troutdale.

Ed was born March 24, 1947, in Portland to Leonard and Mary Cook. He graduated from Costa Mesa High School in Costa Mesa, Calif. He received his associate degree from Portland Community College, his bachelor's and master's degrees from Portland State University and Eastern Oregon University.

On Sept. 26, 1983, he married Dolly Rolph in Troutdale.

Ed worked as a city manager in Fort Yukon, Alaska, and in Waldport. He worked for Portland General Electric for 13 years and was a controller for Rose City Rebar. He attended Open Door Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife; son, Edward Cook IV of Florida; daughter, Kelli Dolan of Troutdale; sister, Jeraldine Cook of Fairbanks; brothers, Lonnie Cook of Grand Prairie, Texas, Jerald Cook of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Patrick McDonough of Lubbock, Texas; and seven grandchildren.

Norma Shannon Pulliam

Jan. 22, 1940-Sept. 5, 2011

Gresham resident Norma Shannon Pulliam died Monday, Sept. 5, in Gresham. She was 71.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Corbett Community Church, 34309 N.E. Mershon Road, Corbett.

Norma was born Jan. 22, 1940, in Phoenix, Ariz., to Alfred and Rheba (Gillium) Huitt. She grew up in various places around the West: The Dalles, Stanfield and Oroville, Calif. She graduated from high school in Oroville in 1958. She then moved north and married John Pulliam, whom she met while in school in The Dalles. They settled in Corbett.

Norma worked for the Corbett School District for 28 years as a library and media assistant. She was among the founders of the Corbett Benevolent Society that sought to assist families with the loss of a loved one.

Norma was a devout Christian and always endeavored to spread her faith by example and fellowship at Springdale Community Bible Church. Norma also loved to take photographs and write poetry.

Her son, Gary, and her brother, Darrell, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; sons, Steve Pulliam of Gresham and Jeff Pulliam of Corbett; brothers, Daniel Huitt and David Huitt of Gresham; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Hal C. Morrow

Oct. 16, 1916-Sept. 7, 2011

Gresham resident Hal C. Morrow, 94, died Wednesday, Sept. 7, in Portland.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Cherry Park Presbyterian Church, 348 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale. Interment will be at Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland.

Hal was born Oct. 16, 1916, in Macomb, Ill., to Alonzo and Ethelyn Morrow.

Hal married Nellie Blodgett on Aug. 6, 1937, in Canton, Mo. They moved to East County in 1942. Nellie preceded him in death in 1977. On June 2, 1979, he married Marilyn Hanger.

Hal owned and operated a construction firm and later worked in the maintenance department for the Reynolds School District. He attended St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Portland. He served on the Rockwood School Board from 1950 to 1967 and was a Boy Scout leader in the Thunderbird district.

His son, Ed Morrow, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife; daughters, Ginger Bradbury of Damascus, Claudia Brooks of Happy Valley, Kristi Morrow of Stevensville, Mont., Jane Slebos of Vancouver, Wash., and Susan Proffitt of Colorado Springs, Colo.; sons, Steven Wolfe of Portland and Doug Wolfe of Vancouver; 18 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Carrie Lynn Shaver

Oct. 31, 1973-Sept. 4, 2011

East County resident Carrie Lynn Shaver, 37, died Sunday, Sept. 4.

A service has not been scheduled.

Carrie was born Oct. 31, 1973, in Gresham to Rick and Pauletta Shaver. She graduated from Gresham High School in 1992 and received her associate degree from Mt. Hood Community College in 1994.

Carrie liked the outdoors, camping and enjoying the river with her dad. She also loved to dance, listen to music and spend time with friends. She was known as a prankster and always made people laugh.

Survivors include her son, Bryce Louis Stehlik of Portland; father of Gresham; mother of Portland; and brother, Jeremy Shaver of Troutdale.

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Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Eleanor Marie Brokenshire

Sept. 23, 1940-Sept. 3, 2011

Former Gresham resident Eleanor Marie Brokenshire died Saturday, Sept. 3, in Portland, surrounded by family. She was 70.

Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12, at Bateman Carroll Funeral Home, 520 W. Powell Blvd. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Bateman Carroll. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

Eleanor was born Sept. 23, 1940, in Spokane, Wash., to Clarence and Ila (Kephart) Jacobs. She grew up in Gresham and attended West Gresham Grade School and Gresham High School.

On Aug. 14, 1964, she married Charles Brokenshire in Stevenson, Wash. Eleanor was a homemaker.

Eleanor enjoyed gardening, spending time with family and friends and collecting frogs and spoons. She also made porcelain dolls.

Her brother, Butch, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband; children, Donna Hiestand of California, Wesley Gustaveson of Gresham, Anthony Brokenshire of Portland and Charles Brokenshire of Hawaii; mother of Portland; brothers, John Jacobs of Gresham and Ranz Johnson of Vancouver, Wash.; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Children's Cancer Association Dreamcatcher Wish Program, 433 N.W. Fourth Ave., Suite 100, Portland, 97209.

Bateman Carroll Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

Diana Lee Hester

Dec. 18, 1947-Sept. 6, 2011

Fairview resident Diana Lee Hester died Tuesday, Sept. 6, at home surrounded by family. She was 63.

Visitation hours will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Lincoln Memorial Park, 11801 S.E. Mount Scott Blvd., Portland. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at Grace Community Church, 800 S.E. Hogan Road.

Diana was born Dec. 18, 1947, in Eugene to Gale and Doris Kimball. She was raised in Medford and graduated from North Medford High School. She resided in the Portland area for more than 30 years.

On May 20, 1995, she married Gary Hester at Grace Community Church.

Diana was a homemaker and caretaker. She attended Calvary Chapel in Casa Grande, Ariz., and Grace Community Church. She was involved in the church's care team and Bible studies. She enjoyed cooking, quilting, painting and spending winters in Arizona.

Survivors include her husband; daughter, Holly Lyons of Maricopa, Ariz.; son, Brian Gresham of Clackamas; mother of Las Vegas; sisters, Susan Moroch of Pahrump, Nev., and Eileen Kimball of Henderson, Nev.; stepchildren, Glen Hester of Martinez, Calif., and Sharon Rodriguez of El Mirage, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 140800, Nashville, Tenn., 37214-0800.

Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home is handling arrangements.